I do not plan to buy the new Bentley Brooklands, but I consider the car to be more a work of art than a machine. I have never found a car with more comfortable seats than those found in the Mercedes S-Class. At one third or less the price of the new Brooklands, Both the Mercedes S-Class and Audi A8 offer far better value unless you happen to be a serious collector of all fine works of art.
I bought a 1997 Bentley Brooklands Trophy Edition in 2003.
Well for one thing, it's like no other car I've ever owned.
It's very fast for its size, and the handling is very good.
Workmanship is impeccable. Very expensive to service, but it is a Bentley.
Just bought a 1997 Bentley Brooklands with 22K miles on the clock. After a routine service which included new front brake pads and rotors and a new set of tires, it is ready to go. It is quite a superb car: it is blindingly fast when the turbo kicks in, yet very well mannered around corners. I bought the car to drive once a week on a high speed, 250m. journey, and this car does not disappoint at speeds approaching 100 MPH.
I purchased a 1997 Brooklands trophy edition in 2003. A really wonderful car that impresses no matter where you go.
Just a little disappointed in the way the car rides. I don't know if the shocks are bad or what. I took it back to the dealer and he checked it and said it was OK. it only has 38,000 miles on it now I bought it with 27,000 miles.I'm thinking if I should keep it or trade it for a newer Bentley.
I would love to buy an Arnage t. Anyway, love washing it and then putting it away in the garage.
Regarding the ride quality of the 1997 Brooklands; it is not designed to be as smooth as glass, and the hydraulic control provides a far stiffer ride when compared with a Silver Spirit. The upside is that handling is much improved over the Spirit.
That said you may wish to have someone you trust check the rear accumulators. They do degrade with age. If the rear end of your car droops noticeably within two or three days after not starting it, there is a good chance that you should replace the green rubber balls that hold the mineral fluid for the rear suspension.
When properly maintained, the 1997 Brooklands should give you a fine mixture of tight suspension for handling (for a car the size of a house) and a smooth ride on main roads.
About the last comment:
In case the rear is sagging, it's the height control valve that is leaking internally, nothing dangerous and no traces of oil. The spheres will give a choppy ride when gone and have nothing to do with the sagging end.
Hello, I just purchased a 1997 Bentley Brooklands. I was just wondering where is the best place to purchase parts for this car besides the dealer? I need a heater and A/C control. My A/C stays on all the time, I don't shut off. Thank you.
In response to the last question of where to get Bentley & Rolls Royce parts other than the dealer at discounted prices. "Bentley Zionsville" in Zionsville In. (Were known as Albers Rolls Royce for decades) They know these cars backward & forward & their prices are the best in the U.S.A. Bought parts from them for 30 years.
Ron Powers Ft.Worth, Tx.